The Walnut Creek police issued an advisory about two women and two men who barged into a house on Countrywood Drive just after midnight Monday, held the residents at gunpoint, ransacked the place and then left. Police say two women -- one in her mid- to late 20s and the other in her mid-30s -- suddenly showed up in the back yard of a house and asked a resident to use the phone. When the resident turned to get the phone, the two women and two men -- who had initially been out of sight -- barged into the house.
At least one of the robbers had a handgun, and the robbers ordered the residents to lie on the floor. The robbers carried some stolen property out through the garage, loaded up a car and drove off.
This is a serious crime, no doubt, and when there's a gun involved, someone could get hurt or killed. Fortunately, no one was hurt in this incident.
And the police are right to put out an advisory. For one thing, maybe there is someone in the neighborhood who saw or heard something that can help police locate the robbers.
I wouldn't be surprised, though, if someone in that house knows who the robbers are -- or at least has a good idea.
A headline about a home invasion robbery can raise public fears that a band of armed thieves is rampaging through our neighborhoods, picking out homes that look loaded with loot.
Having covered crime here in the suburbs and in West Contra Costa County, I've never found that to be the case. Usually, the robbers are targeting a specific home or a specific person living there.
The reasons vary, but the victims -- if they are willing -- can offer the police useful information about their assailants.
Still, there's always a chance public can help. And here is information from Walnut Creek police about the suspects:
- Hispanic male, early 30’s, thin build
- Hispanic male, early 30’s, large/heavy build
- Hispanic female, mid to late 20’s, medium build
- Hispanic/White female, mid 30’s, thin build